The Arrow Electronics facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil has been certified to several quality and environmental standards for electronics asset disposition, including the R2 Responsible Recycling standard.
Arrow said the facility, which opened in 2013, is the first in South America to be certified to the R2 standard. The standard comprises a set of requirements concerning environmental, health, safety, and security aspects of electronics recycling. R2 requires e-recyclers to assure that toxic material streams are managed responsibly by downstream vendors all the way to final disposition. It also prohibits e-recyclers and their downstream vendors from exporting toxic materials to countries that have enacted laws making their import illegal.
In addition to R2, the facility was certified to Recycling Industry Operating Standard, Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Services 18001 and International Organization for Standardization (ISO), standards 9001 and 14001
The certified facility provides asset recovery, data sanitization, testing and screening, recycling, remarketing, service parts management, and product returns management services for electronic equipment. It also offers design and manufacturing services, including system integration, hardware design, custom packaging and diagnostic and functional testing.
“Being the first to achieve R2 certification puts Arrow in an advanced position to not only meet but also exceed Brazilian regulations,” Marcello Cairolli, managing director and country manager for Arrow’s value recovery business in Brazil.